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Daughters Bid to Get Father Released after False Accusations of Rape

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A 24-year-old woman, whose father was incarcerated because of false accusations of rape made by her, is now launching a bid to get her father released from prison.

Chaneya Kelly has been speaking to the media, to clear the air surrounding her father Darryl Kelly who still remains incarcerated on charges of rape. Back when she was nine years old, her mother who struggled with prostitution, instigated her to make accusations of rape against her father. Initially, Chaneya resisted, but ultimately she gave in to parental pressure, and claimed that her father had touched her inappropriately. The police were called in, and Chaneya was used - as children very often are in parental conflict situations- as a pawn to get revenge on the other parent.

Darryl Kelly insisted on his innocence, but his claims fell on deaf ears, and he was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. Soon after, Chaneya had a change of heart, and confided in her grandmother that she had lied about her father inappropriately touching her. Her mother also had a change of heart and signed an affidavit, stating that she had forced her daughter to make accusations of rape, under threat of beating her. She blamed her drug habit for her behavior in encouraging her daughter to make such devastating accusations.

However, the judge concluded that their statements seemed forced, and the conviction was not overturned. Darryl Kelly continues to remain incarcerated based on his daughter’s false accusations.

In cases that involve sex crimes against minors, very often, California sex crimes defense lawyers find that children are coerced or pressured into making false statements or accusations, or may sometimes be pressured into believing that they were inappropriately touched or handled, leading them to make false accusations.

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